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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ClassicalBrahms BelovedSymphonies 1 and 3Clara Schumann LiederJohn Axlerod, conductor[Telarc]3 starsThis two-CD set is the conclusion of a two-part series conductor John Axelrod has designed around Br... Read More

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PopPitbullGlobalization[RCA]∆Who is Pitbull? Lord only knows. Listening to his new “Globalization” will not help you define the guy, beyond merely ascertaining that he’s a ... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Monday, November 24, 2014

The Hot Sardines is a New York City outfit that play a lot of Fats Waller and other music from that era. The singer, “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, also plays washboard and tambourine, and she has a vo... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, November 24, 2014

Who is Pitbull? Lord only knows. Listening to his new “Globalization” will not help you define the guy, beyond merely ascertaining that he’s a brand, with no band, and he’s bland. Pitbull h... Read More

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pop Bryan Ferry, “Avonmore” (BMG). How is it possible that, 33 years after the release of the Roxy Music masterpiece “Avalon,” that album’s driving creative force, B... Read More

Friday, November 21, 2014

JAZZ/CABARETMarcus GoldhaberMarcus Goldhaber, a Western New York native, appeared in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in spring 2013 in a Harold Arlen show. He’s a straightforward singer, w... Read More

Friday, November 21, 2014

CLASSICALAngel BlueAngel Blue is a young soprano whom Placido Domingo hailed as “the next Leontyne Price.” She has vocal equipment, but she needs a little more experience in aesthetics. ... Read More

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pop/CountryGarth BrooksMan Against Machine [RCA]2 and 1/2 starsIn the early ’90s, when Garth Brooks emerged as the leading light amongst a new generation of country artists, his clear affection... Read More

Monday, November 17, 2014

PopOne DirectionFour[Columbia]2 starsThe good news is, One Direction is finally showing sign of growing up. The bad news is, One Direction is growing up to become Bon Jovi. Which makes the band’... Read More

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rock Pink Floyd, “The Endless River” (Columbia). As a full-blown Pink Floyd album, “The Endless River” is not likely to give epic platters like “Wish You Were Here&#... Read More
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